According to 1927’s Barflies and Cocktails, this recipe comes to us from Fritz at Ciro’s Bar in London. Harry Craddock printed it verbatim in his Savoy Cocktail Book a couple of years later. It is a simple enough cocktail and, honestly, looks rather boring on paper. In the glass, however, it’s a different story.
1 oz Rum
1 oz Dry Gin
1/2 oz Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed and strained)
1/2 oz Cointreau
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. No garnish is called for.
Like the BVD Cocktail, the Little Devil employs both gin and rum in the same drink. Unlike the BVD, it works quite well here. While the BVD has a little trouble figuring out in which direction it wants to go with its equal parts of gin, rum, and vermouth, the Little Devil lets the liquor take center stage while the lemon and Cointreau keep things interesting without trying to compete for the limelight (lemonlight? Sorry….) A nice aged rum works wonderfully, here.
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